Publication Date: May 3, 2012
Chile, this beautiful country that has stolen my heart, needs good teachers. Come to Chile, and I will share her with you. Are you a good teacher?
You might ask: “How do you become a good teacher?” My answer has two parts. First, love what you do. Love being a teacher so much that if you had the power to be anything on Earth, pilot, astronaut, doctor, dentist, taxi-driver, singer, dancer, artist, musician, anything at all, you would still choose to be a teacher.
Love being a teacher, that’s number one.
In the pages of this book I share with you my love of being a teacher in Chile. I care about teaching, and the issues that affect teaching, not only in Chile, but worldwide. I hope you will enjoy the view of being a teacher in Chile that I share with you in the pages of this book. Bienvenido. Welcome to my Chile!
The Top Ten Themes in this book are:
1. Teacher competency
2. What is a “good” teacher?
3. Too sexy to teach? Behaviour away from work matters.
4. PPP: Methodology for student engagement
5. The Native Speaker Fallacy:
Why knowing a language does not mean you can teach a language
6. A Native Speaker Case Study (The Fallacy in Action)
7. What is a “bad” teacher?
8. Identifying good teachers and hiring them
9. Defining teacher quality
10. The power of teacher teams
11. Putting it all together (synthesis)
* After reading this book, you will have new insights into some old questions. You may want to investigate further, do research, or discuss the topics with your colleagues. Teaching is not passive, and this book will promote your active participation in your profession, both in and out of the classroom.